Bouncing back from the defeat in the third ODI, India put up a strong batting show in the fourth ODI against Australia to post 358 for 9. 

Virat Kohli’s decision to bat first on a good batting track in Mohali turned out to be spot on as Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma finally roared back to form after some dismal outings in the previous games of the series.  Dhawan hit some boundaries early on to get into groove but also survived some close calls. Rohit, on the other hand, took his time as usual before playing his shots. As the innings wore on, both the players found their rhythm and runs started to flow.

Dhawan was the aggressor while Rohit played the role of the second fiddle to perfection early on before both the players started matching each other shot for shot.  At the tenth over, India were comfortably placed at 58 for no loss. Dhawan soon reached his 28th ODI fifty with a cracking four off Jhye Richardson in the fourteenth over.

A little later, the India openers completed their 15th century-stand in ODIs before Rohit completed his fifty too. Australia threw everything they had at the Indian batsmen but nothing worked as the hosts raced away to 114 for no loss at the end of the twentieth over.

The visitors finally tasted success in the 31st over to dismiss Rohit, thus ending the 193-run stand. Rohit missed his well-deserved century by just 5 runs.

But unlike Rohit, Dhawan scored a fine century and added 61 more runs with comeback man KL Rahul before being castled by Pat Cummins for 143. Virat Kohli, the man in form, did not last long and departed for just 7. Rahul failed to make the most of the start was out for 26. Rishabh Pant, on the other hand, played a quickfire knock of 36 to set the tone for the grand finish. Towards the end, Vijay Shankar played some big shots to help India cross the 350-run mark.

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